Still waiting for the party :

Each year, a nation sits rapt in front of screens, goggling at award winners in finery and hosting its own parties in celebration.

The object of the fascination is the NOBEL BANQUET, a fancy dinner for about 1,300 people that follows the December prize ceremony, broadcast live on Swedish television.

With the eye of the camera upon it, the dinner has become ''very designed'' said Clara Ahlvik, the head of exhibitions at the Nobel Prize Museums in Stockholm and the curator of a show about the banquet that reveals in bespoke table settings, secret menus, eye-popping floral arrangement and glossy evening wear.

Timed to open with the - ultimately canceled - 2020 event, it is fully installed and ready for visitor's whenever entry is deemed safe.

The show reveals that banquet as a stage for perfectionism - a chance to source the ultimate raspberry for a dessert or prepare the most the most challenging potato dish.

But it also highlights modest gestures, like the time in 2018 when Victoria, the Crown Princess of Sweden, recycled the Nina Ricci gown her mother, Queen Silvia, wore to the event in 1995.

''She looked fantastic in it,'' Ms. Ahlvik said, though the princess is taller than her mother. ''We were all wondering how she did it.''


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